Mulyagonja new anti corruption unit is welcome to investigate corrution

The inspector general of the government Irene Mulyagonja says if there is any authority that can verify the wealth and assets of former director supervision at the central bank, Justine Bagyenda, she welcomes it.

Mulyagonja says, this will vindicate her from public accusations that she has failed to investigate her friend Bagyenda.

‘’We shall gladly handover the declarations so that, that authority handles the verification so that the public stops accusing me of being friends, I don’t know where they trace me being friend to Bagyenda, but as far as I know, I came to know Justine Bagyenda as director supervision at the central bank two years back.’’ IGG noted.

According to her, she also welcomes the proposed new anti corruption unit due to be set up in the office of the president.  ‘’ I want to see whether because of this unit, people will stop coming to the office IGG to raise complaints”, she added.  

Mulyagonja said that if the president wants to have this unit  for those special cases of corruption where people will be more interested in reporting to the office the president, she is not averse  that process

During the state on national address on Wednesday 6th, President Museveni, announced his intentions to create a new anti corruption unit to assist in fighting corruption

The unit will comprise of three people namely, Former Uganda national teacher’s Union general secretary James Tweheyo, Ms. Martha Assimwe and sister Akiror.

Buganda anti corruption coalition blames IGG for unattended corruption cases

The Inspectorate of Government is under the spotlight for alleged failure to act on five corruption cases reported by South Buganda Anti-Corruption Coalition.

In 2015, South Buganda Anti-corruption Coalition, which operates in Greater Masaka region, submitted five petitions from Masaka district of alleged corruption to the regional office of the Inspectorate of Government.

The petitions include a report pinning Joseph Kimbowa, the former Masaka Town Clerk for allegedly selling off a plot of land in the newly constructed Nyendo market to Issa Lubega, a businessman based in Nyendo without council approval.  He reportedly forged council minutes to back the transaction and pocketed Shillings 28 million from the businessman.

The minutes were disowned by the council led by the Former Speaker Masaka Municipality, Steven Lukyamuzi. The council asked the IGG to investigate Kimbowa for forgery and abuse of office. Kimbowa declined to comment on the matter.

Other cases include the disputed allocation of part of the National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) land, which hosts the Masaka water treatment center  to local businessman Gerald Kasozi by Masaka District Land Board.

The other petition is about the allocation of the Mayor’s chambers to Brig. Silver Kayemba at the cost of Shillings 800 million without council approval.Charles Kasibante Kibabilire, the Deputy Executive Director of South Buganda anti-Corruption Coalition, says they expected the Inspectorate of Government to expedite investigations in the cases and take action, but nothing has been done.

Kasibante says they are considering dragging the implicated officers to court, since the Inspectorate of Government has failed to consider their reports and take action. Denis Lukanga Majwala, the LC III Chairperson Katwe-Butego Division, says they haven’t felt the impact of the office of the IGG in Masaka district.

According to Majwala, there are several corruption allegations in Masaka municipality, but the Inspectorate hasn’t picked them up. He cites the illegal allocation of the street parking business without a formal contract.

However, officials from the Inspectorate of Government in Masaka, say they are doing their best. One of the officials told URN on condition of anonymity, since he isn’t authorized to speak to the media, that some of the files were allocated to an official who is on maternity leave.

The officer declined to divulge further details and instead referred URN to the spokesperson of the Inspectorate of Government, Munira Ali. Our calls to Munira went without response by the time of filing this story.

 

 

-URNI

Pader town mayor cautions public servants to take care of office property

By Wasswa Deo

The Pader Town council Mayor Wodacholi Llama has expressed disappointment in government officials who do not take good care office property and materials.

Llama who has been walking to his office for the last nine months says the official motor bike was destroyed beyond repair by former mayor Omona Lapit.

This is among the many cases that have been  documented by Action aid, democratic governance facility and office of IGG for further investigations in regard to the misuse of government property.

Wodacholi says sometimes he has to request friends for lifts in order to be at work early.

The mayor has also gone for three months without salary and that he only survives by the top up for the mayor of less than 150,000/= per months and he was told by district chief administrative officer that there was an error that led to his name being scrapped off the pay list.

Christine Iga, a senior inspector says the office of IGG needs more support from communities in ending corruption to ensure that the entire country realizes better service delivery.

Irene Mulyagonja to serve for five year second term of office

By Alice Lubwama

The Inspector General of Government Irene Mulyagonja was vetted and approved by the parliamentary appointments committee chaired by speaker Kadaga to serve for five year second term of office.

The president renewed the IGG’s  Justice Irene Mulyagonja term of office contract after serving the first five years battling the cases of corruption.

Justice Mulyagonja appeared before the parliamentary appointments committee chaired by the speaker of parliament Rebbecca Kadaga.

The source, who attended the committee, reveals that Mulyagonja was approved following serious grilling from the members for not being too hard on some corruption cases where she promised to improve.


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